SBIFF Riviera Project Capital Campaign

The Riviera Project is SBIFF’s capital campaign with the mission to create a cultural hub of all things film in Santa Barbara, for Santa Barbara.

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Opening Night Film

CHARGED – Directed by Phillip Baribeau / Starring Eduardo Garcia

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Maltin Modern Master Award

Honoring Denzel Washington for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Paramount’s upcoming Fences which he directs, produces and stars in. Moderated by Leonard Maltin on February 2, 2017 at the Arlington Theatre.

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Outstanding Performers Award

Honoring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for their remarkable performances in Damien Chazelle’s dazzling La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Moderated by Roger Durling on February 3, 2017 at the Arlington Theatre.

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Virtuosos Award

Honoring: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Dev Patel (Lion), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Ruth Negga (Loving), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins), and Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences); moderated by Dave Karger on February 4, 2017 at the Arlington Theatre.

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Cinema Vanguard Award

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams will be honored with SBIFF’s Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday, February 5, 2017. The two actors will be celebrated for their remarkable roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply poignant Manchester by the Sea and will be feted with a tribute Moderated by Pete Hammond at the Arlington Theatre.

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Montecito Award

Isabelle Huppert will receive SBIFF’s Montecito Award for her critically acclaimed role in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a Sony Pictures release. Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. Moderated by Anne Thompson on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

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American Riviera Award

Jeff Bridges will be honored with SBIFF’s 2017 American Riviera Award on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the historic Arlington Theatre. Bridges will be fêted with a Tribute, moderated by Scott Feinberg, celebrating his illustrious career culminating with his captivating performance in David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, a CBS Films release.

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Closing Night Film

THEIR FINEST – Directed by Lone Scherfig / Written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel by Lissa Evans / Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, and Richard E. Grant

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Announcements

2017 Opening Night Film – Charged

SBIFF 2017 will kick off the festival on Wednesday, February 1st, at the historic Arlington Theatre with the World Premiere of CHARGED. The Opening Night Film is sponsored by UGG®.

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2017 SBIFF Program

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, will offer a vast array of films representing 50+ countries, 51 world premieres and 64 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.

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2017 American Riviera Award

Jeff Bridges will be honored with SBIFF’s 2017 American Riviera Award on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the historic Arlington Theatre. Bridges will be fêted with a Tribute, moderated by Scott Feinberg, celebrating his illustrious career, culminating with his captivating performance in David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, a CBS Films release. The film opened in August to critical acclaim.

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2017 Cinema Vanguard Award

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday, February 5, 2017. The two actors will be celebrated for their remarkable roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply poignant Manchester by the Sea and will be feted with a tribute moderated by Pete Hammond at the Arlington Theatre. The tribute is sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

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2017 Montecito Award

Isabelle Huppert will receive SBIFF’s Montecito Award for her critically acclaimed role in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a Sony Pictures release. Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. The tribute will be moderated by Anne Thompson on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

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2017 Maltin Modern Master Award

Denzel Washington is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Washington will be honored for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Paramount’s upcoming Fences which he directs, produces and stars in. Leonard Maltin, for who the award was recently renamed after, will return for his 26th year to moderate the evening. The award will be presented on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.

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2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year Award

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be presented with the 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year award at a tribute moderated by Roger Durling on Friday, February 3, 2017 for their remarkable performances in Damien Chazelle’s dazzling La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. This marks the first time Stone has been honored by the festival and will be a return for Gosling who was the inaugural recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008.

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2017 Closing Night Film – Their Finest

The 32nd SBIFF will close with Lone Scherfig’s romantic comedy THEIR FINEST at the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 11 in advance of the film’s March 24 stateside release from EuropaCorp. The film is written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel by Lissa Evans and stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, and Richard E. Grant.

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2017 Virtuosos Award

Today we announced the 8 honorees of the 2017 Virtuosos Award, created to recognize a select group of talent who have distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film this past year. We are excited to be celebrating Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Dev Patel (Lion), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Ruth Negga (Loving), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins), and Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences). The Award presentation, which will be moderated for the seventh year by Dave Karger, will take place February 4, 2017 at the Arlington Theatre at the 32nd SBIFF.

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Kirk Douglas Award honoring Warren Beatty

Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty will be honored with the eleventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Known for his iconic roles in BONNIE AND CLYDE, REDS, and DICK TRACY, Beatty will next be seen as Howard Hughes in 20th Century Fox’s RULES DON’T APPLY, which he also wrote and directed. The award will be presented at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on December 1, 2016 with all funds raised supporting SBIFF’s free year round educational programs.

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